Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python…Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin…J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix.
Described by the Seattle Times as “a musical equivalent of a Gary Larson drawing,” use just their voices and body percussion to fill a room with an orchestra of harmonious sound. They have left an indelible mark on vocal music, expertly skewering standards and establishing their own hilarious norms. Once dubbed the only New Wave a cappella group in history, “The Bobs,” commented The Washington Post, “prove that the human voice remains the most powerful instrument of all.”
Hailed by critics everywhere for its transcendent and deeply emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today. Founder Martín Santangelo has successfully brought to the stage the essence, purity, and integrity of one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms without the use of tricks or gimmicks. All aspects of flamenco – dance, song, and music – are interrelated and given equal weight in the presentations of Noche Flamenca, creating a true communal spirit within the company – the very heart and soul of flamenco.
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire.
“One of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years…. An unmissable benchmark.” – Gramophone
Renowned English tenor Ian Bostridge has cemented his status as the one of the greatest recitalist and concert singers of his generation. His phenomenal career has taken him to the world’s greatest concert halls, orchestras and festivals. He has produced an extensive award-winning discography of German lieder, English song, orchestral song cycles, Bach cantatas, Baroque arias, and complete opera recordings. For the Secrest Artists Series, he will perform Schubert’s great song cycle Winterreisse with his regular collaborator, pianist Julius Drake— a cycle about which Bostridge has also written an award- winning book, Schubert’s Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession.
“Most singers rely on their dramatic and vocal skills to convey the essence of a particular song. But with his tall lanky frame and haunted eyes, the English tenor Ian Bostridge evokes the tortured young poets and lovers of Schubert’s lieder before even singing a note.” – The New York Times
Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured. Some might gauge Branford Marsalis’s success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only way stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music.